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Have a Best Practice? Want to Share? The PA Chapter of APA wants to share your success stories with others. Send us your best practices – planning, zoning, development, open space, housing, economic development, trails, whatever it might be – and we’ll evaluate it for adding to our website.

Want to get involved but not sure how?  We need planners to help evaluate best practice submittals to see if they should be shared with everyone and put on our website. If interested, contact Brian O’Leary at boleary@montcopa.org.

Moving Toward Shared Responsibility for Population Health – Incorporating Health in All Policies

posted on March 14th, 2016  |  Read more

Moving Toward Shared Responsibility for Population Health; Incorporating Health in All PoliciesWalkWorks – Incorporating Health in all Policies – PA Dept of Health 2016 WalkWorks an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Health implemented in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. WalkWorks targets counties with key health indicators and engages   

Planning Commissioners/Officials Resources

posted on September 2nd, 2015  |  Read more

Planning Commissioners/Officials Resources ReadThe Commissioner APA Streaming Education www.planning.org/education/elearning The American Planning Association provides online training in the form of live webinars, conference webcasts, and recordings of these programs. Among the 17 products are: Design Review for Officials Creating Successful Meetings Great Plans, Great Communities Informed Decisions Managing Complex Relationships Open Government and Engaging the   

Small Legacy Cities, Equity, and a Changing Economy

posted on December 23rd, 2014  |  Read more

2014 Annual Awards Winner – Student Project AwardAwarded to the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design, Department of City Planning (Graduate Planning Studio) Small Legacy Cities, Equity, and a Changing Economy is a policy and strategy report prepared by Penn graduate planning students for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The report addresses to what   

Emerald View Park Trail Plan

posted on December 23rd, 2014  |  Read more

2014 Annual Awards Winner – Planning Excellence Award – ImplementationAwarded to Mount Washington Community Development Corporation Emerald View Park atop Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington is home to one of the nation’s most beautiful vistas. In 2010, the city and Mount Washington CDC completed a plan for a 19-mile trail system in the park and through green   

Montgomery County Planning Commission Model Sign Ordinance

posted on December 23rd, 2014  |  Read more

2014 Annual Awards Winner – Planning Excellence Award – Best PracticeAwarded to the Montgomery County Planning Commission A model sign ordinance is the latest in the outstanding series of model ordinances from Montgomery County Planning Commission. The 132-page document describes various types of signs and current sign issues with photographs and graphics, and provides model   

Green City, Clean Waters Plan

posted on December 23rd, 2014  |  Read more

2014 Annual Award winner – Planning Excellence Award – ImplementationAwarded to the Philadelphia Water Department Green City, Clean Waters is Philadelphia’s innovative plan that calls for green stormwater infrastructure to reduce combined sewer overflow by 85% and drastically reduce related pollutants. The plan lays out a 25-year agenda of public investment, private property retrofits, and   

Dream Dormont – 2013 Comprehensive Plan

posted on December 23rd, 2014  |  Read more

2014 Annual Award Winner – Daniel Burnham Award for  a Comprehensive PlanAwarded to the Borough of Dormont, Interface Studio, Sam Schwartz Engineering, Duane Morris Government Strategies Dream Dormont grew out of a desire by officials to redefine the borough and set a fresh approach for the future. The plan is definitely fresh in its look   

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